For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Those words were spoken to Asa, king of Judah, near the end of his reign. Asa had done so much good over the course of nearly 4 decades of leadership. But, during one military skirmish, Asa asked for help from the king of Aram – instead of calling upon God. And God didn’t take kindly to that.
As I read Asa’s entire story, I realized that he was VERY committed to God – his reign demonstrated that truth. But, like me, Asa wasn’t FULLY committed. There were still situations where Asa took matters into his own hands, instead of placing them into God’s – just like I do.
Asa reminds me a bit of the father who said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). I can almost hear Asa praying something similar, “Lord, I am committed; help me overcome my uncommittedness!” If we’re honest, we all could utter these prayers – and others like them (and yes, I realize I’m making up words):
“Lord, I’m loving; help me overcome my unlovingness. Lord, I’m truthful; help me overcome my untruthfulness. Lord, I’m generous; help me overcome my ungenerousness.” On and on we could go.
My point isn’t that we’ll ever fully arrive at perfect commitment, love, truthfulness, etc. But, we should recognize (as that wise father did) that we need help to grow in many areas, then ask God for that help.
Have an area (or two) in which you need to grow? Ask God for His help. –Dave
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